Okay, I've come to ask for some help and maybe advice by anyone who may have done something similar before.
What I did here was install AMPPS quite some time ago to test and play with modifications to my web projects on my local machine before sending it up
to the web server. Over time I've toyed with something else on the side and recently began focusing on it for my own home. Basically it's running a
site on the AMPPS environment, which is 100% local in configuration (stock set up) and within my LAN/Router. It gives me the full function of Apache,
PHP and Mysql....and so Joomla and all that brings to the table, as a home resource.
The purpose is that each member of my home has a computer, we have 4 TV's that are comp capable w/ old machines capable of connecting to my lan and
feeding the TV's....and everyone has a smart phone these days with Wi-Fi capability. It works..and my Trophy loads my local site within the LAN with
no problems. Everyone has a chaotic life and NAS storage still has limitations compared to a pre-made/pre-set interface for photo albums, music,
video, weather maps and local school closing...etc. Additionally, RSS/Tweet feeds cover a staggering width and breadth of information and Joomla has
the options to showcase it all very specifically and narrowly.
The real BIG benefit of this is that it's local in nature and...designed with this in mind....it lets the entire 'Home-Net' come up and be easily
accessible by changing inputs on any television remote and grabbing a wireless mouse. We can check, for instance, the status of school closings,
intersection cameras and twitter feeds from my son's school, all without getting out of bed or fiddling with a laptop and keyboard.
Now..That is the overview of what I'm doing...Here is the concern and question. What are the security concerns I'm looking at beyond the obvious that
anyone faces with brute attack or similar focus on my router or set-up because someone has it in for ME/my network personally. Outside
that.....What are the pitfalls for keeping something set up to be local from being accessed on the other side of my router?
A great many things are possible for a "Web-site" (or perhaps Lan-Site is more accurate). I'm thinking that copyright for RSS feed and re-display is
pretty much moot, for instance, since it isn't a public thing I'm doing. Music, photos and video as well. That is all based on it being inaccessible
though...so I'm really hoping someone will mention anything that isn't obvious and that a person still learning all this might miss. I'd hate to wake
up some day and find a variety of outside visitors somehow showed up on my internal home-net logs.
Thanks in advance for anyone taking the time to read this over and help. It's appreciated!
edit on 13-2-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: clarification made